Ryanair cuts 31 destinations from El Altet Airport

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THE President of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, announced that the airline will go ahead and cancel flights to 31 destinations from Alicante El Altet Airport.

The low-cost airline has removed nine of its 11 planes at the airport over the disagreement regarding the use of airbridges at the terminal.

The cancellation of the direct flights will result in two million fewer passengers a year, which O’Leary says will lead to €30 million per year in lost income for AENA. It will also mean the loss of 2,000 jobs.

He also pointed out that if the conflict over the airbridges hadn’t arisen, only 10 destinations would have been cancelled for the winter, and that now, the company only plans to bring back 50 per cent of the cancelled flights for next summer.

The cancelled routes are Aarhus, Bournemouth, Cork, Doncaster, Kaunas, Maastricht, Marrakech, Oslo Torp, Palma, Paris Beauvais, Pisa, Pozna, Santander, Stockholm Vast, Valladolid, Venice and Zaragoza, amongst others.

Meanwhile the frequency of flights to Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Sevilla, and others will be reduced from tomorrow (Friday).

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